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Crist meets with angry Black pastors

Holds meeting to heal relations regarding lawsuit that affects Black choice schools at churches

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist scrambled to repair relations with the Black electorate last weekend after the former governor refused to denounce a lawsuit that affects the future of thousands of Black children in Florida. Crist held an emergency closed-door meeting with dozens of Black pastors at New Birth Baptist Church last Friday after a lawsuit was filed by the Florida Education Association and several teachers’ unions. The organizations seek to dismantle school choice programs at Black churches across the state. Choice schools are supported by school vouchers as part of a growing Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which matches corporations dollar for dollar in tax credits to underwrite private education.

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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,

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Caribbean roots of black church explored

Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”

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Black trailblazers honored with Pioneers Award

The late Judge Henderson was among several trailblazers who were honored with a Pioneer Award and a historic marker at the base of PortMiami last Friday. Community leaders shared fond memories of those who paved the way for the city’s successful seaport. Henderson founded the International Longshoremen’s Association #1416 after he encouraged a group of Black men to invest $1.75 each to apply for a charter in the organization. The investment was considered a high amount that represented five hours of work for hard-working Black laborers. Back then, county dock workers, many of whom were Black and Bahamian, were among the lowest paid longshoremen in the country. They received 35 cents an hour and nothing for overtime.

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From Little Haiti to Abu Dhabi

His works does not contain the iambic pentameter of William Shakespeare’s sonnets but come October, Calvin "madeS.O.N" Early of Little Haiti will take his urban poetry thousands of miles away to a rich Middle Eastern country where poetic recitals are growing in appeal.

Pastor Murphy: “I want to build God a spiritual and physical house”

Dorthea Murphy was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1943. She attended Mays High School but was unable to graduate due to the financial support she had to give to the family. She was obligated to stop school, and help her mother buy food and clothes for her siblings.

Stacey Morrison’s final curtain call

‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course. . .’

Stacey Yvonne Morrison was born to Almarita “Rita” Mackins and the late Ernest Foley Morrison on April 25, 1971 in Miami, FL. While she was young, Morrison excelled in the arts, academics, and athletics. She graduated from Miami Killian Senior High school in 1989. During her senior year, she was voted “Most Athletic” for her achievements in basketball and track and field. She was honored for a mural she painted on the school’s courtyard commemorating Black History.

A perfect community for imperfect people

In the beginning there was a perfect world. It was created by God and everything in it was excellent. Genesis 1:26-27 tells us all about God’s perfect creations. The scripture also says, “Let us make man in our image. After our own likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over the whole earth, and over every creeping thing that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

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Faith Calendar

National Church of God Miami will have its men’s fall revival Sept. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Call 786-545-6717. St. Peter’s African Orthodox Cathedral invites you to attend their youth inter-faith program 4 p.m. Sun. Sept. 14. Call 305-633-1831. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body, and Soul Enhancements; self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

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‘Jumped In’ A good book to pounce on

Author Jorja Leap shares her work with gangs

Television is not like life. OK, so you already know that. You’re well aware that situations don’t get wrapped up in 60 minutes or less, that hospitals aren’t like fraternities, and that nobody’s relatives are that weird.

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Chatter That Matters

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson took the time to thank special people, such as Dr. Theron A. Clark, 5000 Role Models of Excellence program director, Rick Holton, president, and Role Model Paul Wilson. The Alpha Gamma chapter of Eta Phi Beta was chartered by Julia Tynes in 1967 as the first president. The others over the years are: B. Bouleware, F. Gabriel Harris, E. Laster, M. Toney Maze, C. Royster, B. Jones, A. Taylor Wilson, B. Donald, V. Atlas, I Covey, D. Gray, M. Sutton Harris, P. Penn, J. Strong, R. Green, G. Hankerson, V. Hepburn, R. Boggins, M. Devone and Ted Shardgarner.

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NEA tour takes local flight

Miami pilot to bring lessons from sky to children

The new president of the nation’s largest labor union took to the skies in Miami today as the second major stop on her back-to-school tour. Lily Eskelsen Garcia began her role at the National Education Association (NEA) several days ago, becoming the first Latino woman to head the three million member organization.

Florida Memorial University receives a $1.25 million grant

Endowment will help education for children with disabilities

Currently 2.4 million students are diagnosed with learning disabilities that affects their ability to speak, listen, think, read, write spell or compute. The number of school-age students identified with learning disabilities has seen a steady decline in the past 10 years, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Lifestyle Happenings

lifestyle happenings

BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Sept. 18 at the BTW High School Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188.

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Liberty City couple gets surprise of their lifetime

Off Lease Only and local radio personalities donate minivan

The Holloways will no longer need to take public transportation after they received the surprise of their lives. Off Lease Only, a used car dealership owned by Mark Fischer, donated a 2007 Ford Freestar minivan to Charles and his wife Beverly. The Liberty City couple were chosen because of their dire need and Charles’ extensive volunteer work in the community.

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The Sports Brothers

NFL football is back in action

NFL football returned this past weekend and there were some fantastic finishes all over the league. Even Miami Dolphins fans here in South Florida were treated to a rout of the hated New England Patriots. Everything was festive until this past Monday when the video surfaced of the elevator confrontation between Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then fiancee. Needless to say

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Going Over the Edge for Liberty City

The Miami Children's Initiative went over the edge last weekend with a charity event at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Miami that raised $150,000. About 100 brave people rappelled down 19 stories of the hotel to raise money to benefit families and children in Liberty City. The two-day event featured local civic and business leaders, elected officials, philanthropists, journalists and university presidents. Celebrities including Joe Morton from the hit ABC Show Scandal, participated in the event. "The event was a good analogy for what people experience in Liberty City," said Hopi Horton

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‘You don’t have to be a snowman,’ to be challenged

‘Frozen’ Opa-locka City Manager nominates other city officials for ice bucket challenge

No one could accuse Opa-locka City Manager Kelvin L. Baker, Sr. of having a cold heart, for he immediately answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by taking “the plunge” on Friday, August 29, in the parking lot of City Hall, 3400 NW 135th Street, while the

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5000 Role Models kick off new school year with bigger dreams

The 5000 Role Models of Excellence program kicked off the school year with bigger dreams and plans to prevent hundreds of Black males from suffering the same fate of Michael Brown, who was killed by a White police officer in Ferguson, MO officer last month. At its annual Site Directors Training meeting at the PortMiami on Thursday, about 200 educators, administrators and professionals helped Congresswoman Federica Wilson and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II open the 21st year of the mentor program which has helped thousands of young, Black males succeed in the midst of poverty and social ills. The meeting provided training and

Black contractors losing millions

Disparity study by Urban League, NAACP claims firms not receiving their fair share of bids from M-DCPS

After achieving little success to address economic disparities among Black firms doing business with Miami Dade County Public Schools, community and civil rights leaders are set to release a blistering report that attacks policies and practices that have shut Blacks out of hundreds of millions of dollars in plum contracts.

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